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Old 04-26-07, 11:31 PM   #1
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Companion wanted for Pacific/Trans America

I am a 19 year old male from Rutgers University (New Jersey) who is biking with a 19 year old girl who is in the Air Force ROTC also at Rutgers. We are planning on biking from San Francisco North to Oregon along the Pacific Coast Route. After arriving in Oregon we will then be heading east along the Transamerica Route. We are planning on flying out to San Francisco after school ends, between May 12 and the end of May. We are looking for some additional companions during the tour. We are planning on staying in a hotel roughly one night a week and camping the rest. We are new to touring but are both extremely excited about the trip. I have done a fair amount of camping before so I have a stove, water purifier and other camping gear. We are planning a very relaxed tour and plan to enjoy this trip as much as we can. We are currently planning on riding about 50 miles a day, so the whole trip should take about 100 days. If anyone is interested in joining us on our tour we would gladly welcome the company. (P.S. If someone wants to join our tour but is unable to start with us in the beginning, we are willing to try and meet someone along the way.)

If anyone is interested please e-mail me at cycling.ben@gmail.com

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Old 04-26-07, 11:59 PM   #2
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Cycling North?!?!

I'm not exactly sure that cycling north along the Pacific Coast Route for people new to touring is exactly the best idea.

No1 - You will, most likely, be struggling against a headwind much of the way to Oregon. Headwinds are bad enough for experienced cyclists - but they can really drain a newbie. Plus, being irritated, tired, and inexperienced is a dangerous combination.

No2 - Even heading south, Hwy 1 in Calif is one roller-coaster after another. Again, not an especially great way to break in your touring cycling legs. I hope that you have done some significant riding with all your gear - but given that you seem to be starting right after finals - it doesn't sound like it.

I'm guessing you already have your tickets to San Fran. Plus you may have a number of arrangements already set up. Check out this guy's journal - and he headed north on the Pacific Coast AFTER he had already biked across the USA. Granted, he did it in the winter. But late spring/summer winds are even more prevailing from the northwest.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/p..._id=18944&v=2I
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Old 04-27-07, 10:19 AM   #3
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Hey, I graduated from RU last year, it's nice to see some local folks on the board. I'm planning to do some kind of 10-day trip around the 4th of July and may be interested in meeting up with you guys, depending on where you're at. Let me know what you guys end up doing.
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sounds like an awesome trip. what kind of bikes/gear will you be rolling?
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IMHO if you are bringing a ROTC girl she should enjoy it. I took a GF on a weeklong backpacking trip and she really did not like all the physical work and having to use pit toilets. Just a heads up when bringing girls they need more planning and preperation.
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Old 04-27-07, 04:10 PM   #6
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Over the years I've ridden with a lot of women -
Including places like Alaska and the Yukon.
I don't understand your point.
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Over the years I've ridden with a lot of women -
Including places like Alaska and the Yukon.
I don't understand your point.
Then you've been lucky in the company you keep...

Sounds like you are pretty set in your ways already, but if for some reason you decide to ride east to west instead of west to east I'm setting off with a couple friends on May 19th from yorktown towards oregon. We are averaging 61 miles per day to try and get to oregon in 70 days (low days around 40 miles high days sky's the limit). We'll prolly have a fair amount of days going faster than that so we can take some days off in the national parks. But yeah similar deal, hotel once every 7-10 days, camping the rest. Maybe we will bump into you in the middle.
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